Clinical Handover Guidelines

ROALS IS COMMITTED TO SAFETY AND QUALITY

The Management Group, in consultation with the ROALS Medical Advisor, have prepared guidelines on effective patient handover for ROALS Hosts and Locums. To ensure compliance with the guidelines, they have been incorporated into the participant agreements.

Clinical handover is considered by both the ROALS Management Group and Advisory Committee to be an essential factor for obstetricians and anaesthetists employing a Locum.

Clinicians have a duty of care to ensure effective handover; this has been shown to reduce errors, avoid costly duplication of investigations and most importantly, ensure patient safety.

The formal ROALS Handover Guidelines, sent to all Hosts prior to the Locum arriving, may seem daunting, but assistance could be obtained from the practice manager or nurse, partner or the hospital administration. It only has to be completely filled in before the first Locum; with a few changes required for subsequent Locums.

The Host needs to ensure that the Locum has a comprehensive clinical handover, for example a print out of current hospital patients and access to current patient files, particularly for high risk patients and those in hospital.

At the conclusion of the Locum, hand back handover is also critical; it is not adequate to consider the Host knows the patient.

Good handover does take effort, but it is worthwhile and essential for patient safety.

Download a copy of the icon ROALS Handover Guidelines for Hosts & Locums.

 

THE AUSTRALIAN COMMISSION ON SAFETY AND QUALITY IN HEALTH CARE

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released the Implementation Toolkit for Clinical Handover Improvement as a 'How To' Guide for managers and clinicians performing clinical handover processes.

Download a copy of the icon Implementation Toolkit for Clinical Handover Improvement - from ACSQHC (60 page guide)

Download a copy of the icon 'Principles for Handover' from Implementation Toolkit for Clinical Handover Improvement - from ACSQHC (1 page summary sheet)

 

 
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